Sharper has rebuffed some concrete offers to move full-time into the media, The Sports Xchange has confirmed, and is preparing as if he'll play somewhere in 2011. The 13-year veteran is the league's leading active interceptor, and only five players in history have more than Sharper's 63 thefts. Just one pure safety, all-time leader and Hall of Fame member Paul Krause, has more. Sharper played in only eight games in 2010, the fewest of his career, and the only time he has appeared in fewer than 13 contests. He had just one start, the least since he had none as a rookie in 1997.
But at age 35, Sharper thinks he has enough left in the tank, certainly in terms of football "smarts," to be at least an effective nickel safety for a team, and is especially seeking out a contender.
White pages: Former Miami quarterback Pat White, a second-round pick in the 2009 draft, always wanted the chance to be more than just a Wildcat novelty, and now he's going to get the chance. White, who dabbled with baseball after the Dolphins admitted their mistake last year and released him, has signed with the Marty Schottenheimer-coached Virginia Destroyers of the UFL.
"It's a chance to show I can do it," White said.
To "do it," White won't exactly have to beat out a murderer's row of competitors, with the team's quarterback depth chart including such notables as Chris Greisen, Derek Devine and Dennis Brown.
The Dolphins chose White hoping he would add another dimension, because of his ability to throw the ball, to their Wildcat package. This spring, then-Dolphins vice president Bill Parcells acknowledged the pick was a flawed one, and that the franchise reached in taking White. The team's rationale was just as flawed: Coaches felt they could teach White to be a quarterback first, with all the plays, and a Wildcat guy later. That's not to say White would have been a success if indoctrinated into the Wildcat only, but he was a bit overwhelmed by trying to assimilate the entire playbook.
We'll see if he does any better at a reduced level of competition.